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Jacob R. Wimmer

B.S. Architecture + German Minor | University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning | 2012 231.758.4182 jwimmer@umich.edu


Hacking Detroit Mixed use Residential & Community Work Space Dequindre Cut, Detroit, MI December 2011 Third Semester Studio Instructor: Tsz NG In Detroit, grassroots movements are altering the terrain of the city. An exodus away from Detroit, beginning in the 1950s has diminished the population from almost two million people to less than seven hundred thousand. What’s left is a feral landscape, overgrown and wild. There is no hope that the city can maintain and preserve this land for the remaining Detroiters, and any new development is but a pipe dream. Grassroots movements, however, have a chance. People in Detroit are taking things into their own hands, reclaiming land for communities, often in ways that seem legally impossible. Inspired by community movements such as the Lower East Side Action Project or Roosevelt Park, the hackerspace at the Dequindre Cut is a resource center for creating outdoor spaces and greenways. Tool and equipment sets are deployable through mobile shipping containers. The project reflects the idea of adaptive systems and opportunistic reuse back onto the grid of the city. ¬The building itself is a machine – a hackable infrastructure. Residential shipping container modules move into, out of, and within the grid. The grid is opportunistic in its inherent real estate and outwardly communicates itself through the façade. The system is temporal and adapts to an immediate need for space. Permanent shared amenities spaces are distributed within the grid – allowing for a flexibility of living styles and short term visitors to have access to spaces they may not have in a typical hostel.


9x3x4 Volumes are modulated by three incisions, proportional horizontal and vertical translation and a single rotation

1. cut

2. expand

2

1/2”

1

8 1

3

1

3. establish grid

1/3”

1/8”

4. move in grid

5. rotate


HACKERSPACES MINNEAPOLIS APPLETON

TORONTO MADISON

MILWAUKEE

WATERLOO HAMILTON GRAND RAPIDS LANSING KALAMAZOO

DES MOINES IOWA CITY

BUFFALO

LONDON

DETROIT

ANN ARBOR

CHICAGO SOUTH BEND

DAVENPORT

FORT WAYNE

PITTSBURGH CHAMPAIGN

INDEANAPOLIS

COLUMBUS

DAYTON

highland park hamtramck

DETROIT

belle Isle corktown

Proposed/planned Existing


REMOVE SHIFT

MASSING

INHABITATION

SKELETON VOLUME

RESIDENTIAL.HACKERSPACE RESIDENTIAL.HACKERSPACE

GRID

RESIDENTIAL.HACKERSPACE RESIDENTIAL.HACKERSPACE

RESIDENTIAL.HACKERSPACE

HACKERSPACE HACKERSPACE.PUBLIC INTERACTION

BASE MODULE

RESIDENTIAL.HACKERSPACE


portable bike workshop

plan 00

Workshop

Bike Shop

portable bike workshop

Workshop

Bike Shop

Presentation/Meeting

Presentation/Meeting

dn

dn

Resource Center Utilities

Resource Center Utilities Presentation/Meeting Reception

Utilities up

Presentation/Meeting Reception

Utilities up


plan 01

up up

Foyer

Foyer dn

Lobby

dn Foyer

Lobby

up

dn

Foyer


plan 08

up

up


In Detroit, the incapacity of the government is actually an advantage in many cases. It’s possible to do things there. There’s not much chance a strong city government could really turn the place around, but it could stop the grass roots revival in its tracks. -Aaron M. Renn


Grosse Pointe Public Library Second Floor Plan & Renderings November 2010 First Semester Construction Course Instructor: Lars Graebner

157'-3 3/8" 31'-2 7/8" 23'-0 3/8"

1'-6"

6'-8"

1'-6"

6'-8"

1'-6"

5 1/2" 5 1/2" 3'-0 7/8"

6'-8"

1'-6"

6'-8"

1'-6"

6'-8"

43'-8 1/2"

1'-6"

6'-8"

1'-6"

6'-8"

1'-6"

5 1/2"

6'-8"

1'-6"

6'-8"

1'-6"

38'-4"

1'-1 1/2" 4'-10 7/8" 5 1/2"

5'-5 1/8"

9"

B A.014

3 A.006

8'-8 1/2"

1'-1 3/4"

18'-5 3/4"

7"

4 A.005

1'-2"

1 Server Room

Fan Room

Meeting Room/Offices

Staff Break Room

1 A.008

7"

15'-11"

17'-5 1/4"

1 A.008

2

18'-0 1/4"

7'-7 1/2"

Offices

7"

3

16'-6 3/4"

16'-0 1/4"

C A.014

Director’s Office 7"

Offices

16'-9 3/4"

4

Staff

Storage

Open to Reading Room Below

Book Chute

Conference Room

5

3 A.006

A

B 25'-11 3/8"

10 Kercheval Ave. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Architect: Marcel Breuer Year Built: 1953

C 20'-2"

D 20'-5"

20'-5"

4 A.005

A A.014

E

F 20'-3 1/2"

G 21'-6"

H 21'-0 1/4"

I 6'-4 1/4"

This study is part of a construction project by first year students, the goal being to produce an extensive document set. Plans, sections, wall sections, elevations, structural axons, mechanical and electrical, and renderings were all produced in a highly collaborative fashion and were constructed from measurements and documentation made during a site visit. The two drawings on these pages are part of my contribution to the project. The fate of the library has been in question for some years; there has been talk of tearing it down or building an addition to complement the existing structure.

70'-0"

2 A.007

9'-9 1/2"

Book Elevator 2 A.007


Artwork left page from right, clockwise: portrait; mixed media still life, pencil on paper still life, conte crayon block carving; black ink right page: self portrait, acrylic paint


Fractured Upheaval District Library Detroit, MI April 2011 Second Semester Studio Instructor: Sean Vance A library on this site is caught between two districts that represent two important and conflicting aspects of Detroit – both its struggle and vibrancy; to the north lays a busy and vibrant commercial strip and to the south a distressed residential district undergoing redevelopment. To meet the demands of the site, the library must negotiate the energy and tension of the site. The library seeks to create a place of rest at this high energy intersection. The form pulls up away from the corner and elevates itself just above street level so that library users are afforded elevated panoramic vantage points of the streets while being cradled in the protective shell. Frosted glass on the east and north facades allows light to fill the space and acts as semi-barrier to the street. The library protects its contents in an almost introverted way, yet is social and inviting. Dividing the form into four breaks open the space, creating visual interaction between program as well as exterior access points for after hour functions. One section of the building contains public meeting spaces, a kitchen for staff and public use, and a large open area for yoga, tai-chi, other physical “wellness� activities, or larger public meetings. This park reclaims concrete rubble from the proposed parking lot site to serve as seating for performances on the rear porch as well as interactive landscaping.


from Martin Luther King Blvd

entry from Woodward Ave.

outdoor stage & park


mass

orient to MLK Blvd.

cleave

shear

entry + stage


r. Blvd

King J

1

3

Woodward Ave

r Luthe Martin


plan +02 Down Up

Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Down

Woodward Ave

Down

Down

plan +01 Down

Up Up Up Down

Down

ground plan


northwest stacks - model photograph

southwest stacks - model photograph


view into lobby from northwest stacks


Woven Gradients through Rhino Script Call Main() Sub Main() Dim x, y, yshift, xmult, xshift, lum, invlum Dim dblA, dblB, dblStep ‘Dim j, w, arrJRW, arrJRW2 Dim base10 Dim patternjrw dblA = 0.0 dblB = 40.0 dblStep = 0.1

For Base10= 0 To 10 Step 1 yshift= Base10*2.5 xmult= 1+Base10/10 xshift= Base10*1.5 lum= Base10*50 invlum= 500/(Base10+0.001) Rhino.CurrentLayer(Rhino.AddLayer(Base10)) For x = dblA To dblB Step dblStep y = 0.35*Sin(2*x)+1.25 patternjrw= Rhino.AddCircle3Pt(Array(x,y+yshift,0), Array(x*xmult,-y+yshift,0), Array(x+y+xshift, 0+yshift, 0)) Next


The photos stitched together were taken less than a mile from my home in northern Michigan. The composition depicts a westward lookout at a small nature preserve where you can see the sunset over Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. The lakes are foregrounded by the woods, valleys, and swamps that I grew up in, my “stomping grounds� as my father would say, and as a child this was my playground. Later on I would run hunt, camp, fish, and hike these places. In many ways I became who I am simply by walking these woods. This image has come to represent my own personal narrative as youth and also that of northern Michigan’s relaxed culture, one engrained with qualities of its landcape. The narrative and relationship between a person and place is important, and I believe wholeheartedly that the opportunity to create and frame these relationships exists within architecture; an architecture that considers its context and inhabitants as integral to its own nature. I hope to study these architectural possibilities in the coming years and throughout my life. This place is my point of departure and my hope is that it influence stays with me for any project I may work on.


Underground Reading Space books are protected from direct sunlight diffuse light enters space through central core light enters two reading spaces through light wells

“Torches Mauve�, above, by Franz Kline serrved as the precedent for a series of iterations concluding in the final project of this portfolio


daylight study in bookshelves from 9AM to 4PM october light


lighting effects


architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light - Le Corbusier


Cast Rockite Model The painting Torches Mauve, by Franz Kline, relates foreground to background by cutting a silhouette to view a negative space behind. By mapping cuts and wrapping them around volumes, new spaces can be projected into 3 dimensions. A continuous cut wrapped around a volume creates dynamic interactive space.


Lectern December 2010 Construction 1 Instructor: Lars Graebner Invisible Cities, by Ital Calvino, describes one city by breaking it down into single experiences. Each experience shows an aspect of the greater city, Venice, which may be indiscernible when viewing the city as a whole. The lectern supporting Invisible Cities is comprised of eleven parts, each one different then its brothers. These individuals slide together at glueless joints to form a single more complex figure. It can be taken apart and reassembled.


Part 1

Part 5

Part 8

Radial Arm Saw Band Saw

Band Saw

Radial Arm Saw

Part 11 1 3/8"

1/4" 1/4"

1 1/2"

11" 1"

5/16"

3"

Part 3

19" 5"

Part 6

16 1/2" 1 1/2"

1/2"

Part 2

Part 6

Part 9

Radial Arm Saw Band Saw

Band Saw

Radial Arm Saw Glue

3"

1 1/4"

2 1/4"

9 3/4"

11"

1 1/2"

*Glue Together

1 1/2"

6 1/2"

3/4" 1 1/2"

13/16"

3/4"

1/2"

1" 1/2"

1"

11"

3/8"

3/4"

1 1/2"

1/2" 1/2"

5"

3/4"

6 1/2"

Part 7

1 1/2"

9" 1 3/4"

Part 2

Part 5

1/2" 1/2"

1/2" 1/2"

6"

Part 9

19"

Part 8

5"

1 1/2" 2"

15 1/4"

9"

3/8"

3/4"

1/2"1/2"

1 1/2"

1/2" 1/2"

1" 3/4"

5"

1/2"

Part 4

Part 11 Part 1 Part 9

Part 10 Part 3

Part 3 Part 2Arm Saw Radial Band Saw

10 1/2"

Part 10

Band Saw

Radial Arm Saw

1 1/2"

1/2" 1/2"

1/2" 1 1/2"

Part 7

15" 1/2"

2 3/4"

1 1/2"

6 1/2"

1 1/2"

1/2"

3/4"

2 1/2"

17"

4"

5"

1 1/2" 17 1/2"

9"

1" 1 3/4"

3/4"

1 1/2"

1/2" 1/2"

5"

15 1/4"

Part 7

Part 5 Part 6

Part 8

Part 4

Part 11 Part 4

Band Saw 2"

1 1/2"

10 1/2"

1 1/2"

1/2" 1/2"

Radial Arm Saw Band Saw Part 1

17 1/2" 1"

2 1/4"

1"

13 1/4"

1 1/2"

1 1/2"

4 1/4" 1/2" 3/4" 1 1/2"

1"

5/16"

1/2"

5 1/2"

3/8"

Part 10

3/4"

5"

2"

17 1/4"

1"


Library + Theater Ypsilanti, MI December 2010 First Semester Studio Instructor: Tony Patterson The landscape that surrounds Depot Town is brought through the alleyway and up onto the Cross Street façade. The project interlaces built form and natural form, solid and void, interior and exterior. Large openings on the north and south act as lanterns at night allowing the internal life of the building to be communicated to the exterior. The ground level contains a large social space open to the street and the alleyway, as well as a small cafÊ to continue the vitality found along Cross Street. All of the primary program spaces are combined on the sloping/tiered second level. Typical function of this space is reading room with integrated book storage and study spaces organized along a mezzanine, while occasionally shifting in function to a theater space.


Transitional Space Though there are a number of ways to travel between landscape/streetscape, there are two thresholds that stand out as main avenues. One site is where the Tridge and Cross Street meet, a rather abrupt transition from river scenery to concrete. The other is the alleyway from Cross Street to the Freight House. Lined with trees, benches, and a poetic drinking fountain, the alleyway is a pleasant transitional space, with a view of the freight house afforded from Cross Street.

form and light study models


Landscape

streetscape

site

INFILL PROJECT


Library + Theater Space


Library & Theater Space

Lobby Space


every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself -Samuel Butler



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